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Winter Restaurant Week Announced!

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ahack Dec 8, 2011 10:49 PM

http://www.restaurantweekmetrodc.org/

January 9-15, 2012
Lunch: $20.12 per person
Dinner: $35.12 per person

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    Elyssa RE: ahack Dec 9, 2011 08:45 AM

    I was pretty surprised to see Citronelle on there---even if it's just the lounge. Grafiato as well!

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      ahack RE: Elyssa Jan 4, 2012 07:58 AM

      If you booked a reservation at the Lounge at Citronelle for Restaurant Week, call them to confirm your reservation. Apparently there was a mix-up with Open Table and RW reservations went into the reservation system for the main dining room at Citronelle. So just call and confirm... it will be worth not having an uncomfortable situation later.

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      bcarter3 RE: ahack Dec 10, 2011 08:49 AM

      Damn! The price has gone up again!

      Looking forward to this. Thanks for the announcement. It's usually a little later in the month, isn't it?

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        Elyssa RE: bcarter3 Dec 12, 2011 07:01 AM

        Yes it's usually a week or so later.

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        Elyssa RE: ahack Dec 12, 2011 07:02 AM

        I've made a reservation for dinner at Acadiana (recently realized I haven't been there in over a year and they usually offer their entire menu for RW) and Casa Nonna for lunch (I've been here before for RW and they do it well. Taking my coworkers this time around).

        I think for 3 years running I've had 701 on my list and still haven't made it there so I might need to try to get there for RW this year.

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          mdpilam RE: ahack Jan 4, 2012 09:15 AM

          I would like to try a new restaurant during RW, of the following, which would you recommend? So far my order of preference is:

          Bibiana
          Dino
          1789
          Fiola
          Elisir
          Vidalia

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            kathleen440 RE: mdpilam Jan 4, 2012 11:27 AM

            I've only done Bibiana and Vidalia on that list. Bibiana was delicious - great food with nice balance of flavor, good setting, good service.

            I really enjoyed the food at Vidalia, but the service was really careless. I just got the impression that they don't really offer the same standard to RW customers, which was disappointing.

            The food at both was great, but I'd say I had a better overall experience at Bibiana.

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              Elyssa RE: mdpilam Jan 5, 2012 08:08 AM

              I would go to Bibiana. I have been there twice for Restaurant Week and have had great experiences. 1789 is also a steal for RW.

              Unfortunately I had a bad experience 2 years ago during RW at Vidalia. Very disappointing menu completely unrepresentative of what they usually do. Save that for their daily lunch special, which is around $19.

              Is Fiola and Elisir on the RW list? Somehow I missed that.

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                DanielK RE: Elyssa Jan 5, 2012 08:33 AM

                Elyssa - Fiola and Elisir are doing lunch only.

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                  mdpilam RE: Elyssa Jan 15, 2012 10:51 AM

                  We went to Bibiana last night and had a good meal. The first (mozzarella and beets for me and escarole salad for her) and last (semifreddo for me and winter citrus salad for her) course were the best. The pasta (bucatini for me and agnolotti for her) was good, but not great. The agnolotti was a bit better than the bucatini. A good deal though: both meals and a bottle of wine for ~$105 (before tax(?)/tip).

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                  DanielK RE: mdpilam Jan 5, 2012 08:33 AM

                  While I love Dino, they do great weeknight deals all year long, so RW doesn't add much to the picture. But they also do RW all month, so there's no need to push to get there during RW when the crowds are overwhelming.

                  This year, I'm doing Ris and Bibiana.

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                    Elyssa RE: DanielK Jan 5, 2012 09:57 AM

                    DanielK I've done both for RW and those 1 restaurants do it particularly well.

                    I have reservations at Acadiana and Casa Nonna.

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                    DCDOLL RE: mdpilam Jan 10, 2012 01:00 PM

                    i would say 1789 hands down...but it's probably too late! We are going to Occidental...i think that is a really underrated place with great food, good service and a nice atmosphere. Their RW week offerings are always really good....choice of meat, seafood, chicken,etc and the apps are really inventive. Desserts are luscious!

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                      ahack RE: DCDOLL Jan 10, 2012 01:06 PM

                      I cancelled my 1789 reservation for Friday last Thursday. Which is to say there may be others cancelling at a late date. I have reservations for the Lounge at Citronelle tonight and Rasika Thursday night. Hope you get a good reservation!

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                    erinnf RE: ahack Jan 12, 2012 11:48 AM

                    Any reports on Charlie Palmer's for restaurant week? I made a lunch reservation for tomorrow. The menu is small, but it looks very good. Also, it seems Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie decided to eat there for restaurant week (after I made my reservation) although I'm not sure if that is an endorsement or not...

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                      DanielK RE: erinnf Jan 12, 2012 01:18 PM

                      I did CP for RW years ago, when Voltaggio was still cooking there! It was a great meal then, but mostly for the non-steak dishes. They're not going to be able to offer a reasonable-sized portion of steak with a 3-course meal for $35.

                    2. Bob W RE: ahack Jan 12, 2012 12:35 PM

                      Today I had a good RW lunch at Mio with brother Orson W. There was a choice of three apps, three entrees, and two desserts. Overall, good flavors and portions. Will go back to explore more of the menu.

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                        daves_32 RE: Bob W Jan 13, 2012 06:26 AM

                        Any lunchtime winners around penn quarter/metro center for a spontaneous lunch (in the lounge area) today?

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                          ktmoomau RE: daves_32 Jan 13, 2012 10:46 AM

                          Probably too late, but Fiola.

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                            daves_32 RE: ktmoomau Jan 13, 2012 11:02 AM

                            I have done and enjoyed the bar lunch a few times at Fiola. I will continue going there when I need a nice lunch

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